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Mayim Bialik Unlikely to Return to ‘Jeopardy!’ This Year as She Stands With Writers & Actors During Strikes

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Choosing to stand with the ongoing union battles for Hollywood writers and actors (WGA and SAG-AFTRA), Jeopardy! host, Mayim Bialik will probably not be back on-air in her game show duties through 2023.

A source told The Messenger on Bialik’s status with the show: “She wasn’t fired. She’s choosing to stand with her union, and because of that, she was told it is unlikely she will return for the rest of the year, even if the strike is resolved before then.”

Previously, an official press release was issued by ABC the week of August 22nd where it revealed that Celebrity Jeopardy! will return for Season 2 on September 27th, Ken Jennings as the sole host, instead of Bialik.

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SAG-AFTRA’s National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (NetCode) that covers daytime soap operas also covers game shows. So, if Bialik wanted her job back at this point, she could cross the picket lines potentially without issue.

However, it should also be noted that syndicated Jeopardy! and ABC’s Celebrity Jeopardy! are both written by WGA members, further confounding the situation.

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Bialik exited Jeopardy! in its final week of taping season 39 in solidarity with the writers, which left Ken Jennings to take over the role.  She had stepped away from hosting Celebrity Jeopardy! to avoid crossing picket lines, since Mayim is also a noted actress from her days on The Big Bang Theory and other TV and film roles.

So, what do you think of Mayim’s decision to stay away from Jeopardy! till the Hollywood union strikes reach some resolution? Do you think they will ultimately have her back when the strikes end? Comment below.

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I respect her support of the unions. She should be admired for doing so. What happens with Jeopardy is a big question mark, since we don’t know how long the strikes will last and things can change. But I’m hoping it’s her choice to go back or not.

Good for her

Good because she is awful at hosting. It’s painful to watch.

Then don’t do anything painful and don’t watch

I’m very sorry to hear this. I love Mayim and really enjoy her hosting Jeopardy. That said, I respect her decision to stand in solidarity with the striking unions. I hope the strikes end soon so that everyone can get back to the work they love.

I agree and also enjoy her hosting. She has a charm, ease, and sense of humor that Ken still has to force. Of course, he’s not a seasoned performer yet so he gets some slack. I like having them both and agree about the strike decision.

That is fine with me. Prefer Ken

I respect her wish to honor the picket line. But truthfully I don’t miss her as host. She should stick to acting because she is a terrible host.

Agreed

I agree with Moto62 keep her off for good. I don’t watch the show when she is host.

Me either

She is a stone at the podium. Very little personalization with the contestants. I too watch very little when she hosts. Not good at all.

I will watch because I love the show. But every time she hosts it is cringeworthy for me. I will not miss her as host.

I hope she is never on Jeopardy again!

Shes the worst jeopardy host ever and im old enough to have seen them all.liked her on big bang but terrible onthis one,so whatever got her off the show im in favor of.kens great

I understand her decision, but she should be replaced. If I walked off in strike at my job, I would be replaced!

Keep her off, Ken is much better

No she had a responsibility to jeopardy. No she should be fired. Ken Jennings is more like Alex trebec. Whole lot handson to look at. He does a excellent job.

Am delighted she’s leaving. I refuse to watch the show when she’s there.

Happiest day I’ve had in a long time!!

I don’t think she should have her job available anymore. Frankly I don’t believe she ever was fully committed to the show.

I enjoyed her as a host. Political crap just kills me, though

Sad to see so many anti-union comments here. She should be applauded for her stand.

Glad to see her go.

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‘Santa Barbara’ Episodes May See Light of Day Yet; Will the Beloved Soap Opera Come to Streaming?

For decades, soap opera fans around the world have wanted a chance to see Santa Barbara episodes again. The soap, which first aired on NBC back on July 30, 1984 aired for only 9 seasons until the network pulled the plug after diminishing ratings and multiple changes in writing and producing regimes. The show last aired on January 15th, 1993.

Santa Barbara was co-created and initially produced and co-written by the legendary team of Bridget and Jerome Dobson. At the recent 51st annual Daytime Emmys, Jerome was honored with the Gold Circle medal for his over 50 years of work and accomplishments within the medium. Sadly his wife, Bridget passed away earlier this year in January at the age of 85.

The show featured an all-star soap cast throughout its run which included, at times: Marcy Walker, A Martinez, Dame Judith Anderson, Robin Wright, Justin Deas, Eileen Davidson, Lane Davies, Nancy Lee Grahn, Kim Zimmer, Jack Wagner, Jed Allan, Louise Sorel. Judith McConnell, Roscoe Born, Sydney Penny, Todd McKee, Terry Lester, Justin Gocke, Nicolas Coster and many more.

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During a livestream conversation on Friday, June 21st, Jerome Dobson and A Martinez visited the Michael Fairman Channel to reminisce about the success and ups and downs of Santa Barbara and much more.

Many people in the live chat and many around the world (Santa Barbara was very popular internationally) have wanted to know with the legal issues it appears had plagued the show for years, if there would be a chance that fans could ever see Santa Barbara episodes again, and if they could become available or streamed?

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Dobson shared exclusively, “Well, there’s some legal footwork being done right now about that kind of possibility. There’s been so much demand to see Santa Barbara, and so it’s not totally out of the question.” Martinez (ex-Cruz Castillo) reaction to that possibility was that of “Wow!” That was also the same reaction by several viewers watching the live conversation in the chat, because that would be a soap dream come true for many.

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So, do you hope that the legalities can finally be worked out and you could relive the seasons of ‘Santa Barbara’ all over again? Let us know in the comment section below. You can check out the live chat with A and Jerome below, the moment happens around the 56:18 mark.

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Ryan Paevey Makes Statement on Why He is Stepping Back from Acting While Being ‘Grateful to General Hospital for Giving a Green Actor a Chance’ and ‘Hallmark for Changing My Life’

GH and Hallmark fan favorite, Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan West) wanted to clear the air after numerous reports and rumors had him quitting acting altogether and what that meant for any future projects in Hollywood he may have had planned.

Paevey released an exclusive statement to Heavy.com where he shared what is going on in his life. Back on June 19th, Ryan deactivated his Twitter and Facebook accounts and he may have deactivated his Instagram account on Friday as well, or as of this writing.

For Ryan, the decision to change his current life’s trajectory came after a series of events; chief among them moving closer to home to take care of his ailing mother who is battling lung cancer and social media scammers.

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Here is what Ryan shared: “Hey everyone…so first and foremost, I am a bit apprehensive that I even have to make a statement like this. I am certainly accustomed to a certain degree of gossip, but the past few weeks in particular have gotten out of control with speculation from third parties that have taken my words and expanded upon them to meet their narrative, or flat out misrepresented my words or misconstrued their meaning. I have always been an open book, and one who speaks his mind truthfully and directly, and it is unfortunate that we live in a world where social media makes it very easy to twist one’s words; I am often unaware it is even happening until someone from my team messages me in a panic, and so I feel it best to make a formal statement through HEAVY.”

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Days of our Lives New Gabi, Cherie Jimenez, Debut Date Revealed; Shares She First Auditioned for Role 15 Years Ago

In a not-then-but-now real-life story, Days of our Lives incoming Gabi Hernandez, actress Cherie Jimenez took to Instagram on Friday after it was revealed by Deadline, that her first airdate as the recast Gabi is next week on June 27th!

Jimenez has replaced longtime DAYS star, Camila Banus in the role. Previously, Banus made the decision to step away from the part after taking on the role in 2010. Camila was with the series on and off through 2023. To facilitate her exit, Gabi was sent to prison for the murder of Li Shin, only she didn’t commit the crime.

Cherie shared her emotions on finally being able to talk about being the new Gabi Hernandez DiMera. She expressed, “WOW ✨🎬 My heart is filled with immense gratitude over the opportunity of a lifetime. I am GABI HERNANDEZ DIMERA on the iconic DAYS OF OUR LIVES ⏳❤️‍🔥 It has been an absolute dream working on DAYS.”

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As for her time so far at DAYS, Jimenez added,”These past 7 months I have worked harder than I ever have and now I get to share it with the world. Everyday I walk onto set I am in awe that I’ve been given the opportunity to live my dream. I get to work with the most phenomenal & hardworking cast and crew I’ve ever had the honor to work alongside.”

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Jimenez, thanked among others the series producer, director and writers for trusting in her including: Janet Drucker, Noel Maxam, Ron Carlivati and Ken Corday, and her agents for helping her along the way in her show business journey.

She concluded with the most ironic twist of all, Cherie recalled, “At 22 years old an audition for the role of Gabi on Days of our Lives came into my life. It was not meant for me then. Now 15 years later at 36 years old the universe told me I was now ready to step into this role…Thank you ✨ …I am just beginning ✨”

So, are you looking forward to the debut of Cherie as the new Gabriella Hernandez DiMera? Comment below.

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